- 18 Aug 2015
This page contains information on a variety of fellowships that are available to graduate students and post docs. They are loosely grouped by funding source and contain the necessary links for each fellowship along with general information such as deadlines and necessary documents. The information on this page will try to stay current, but always check the fellowship's information page to get the most up to date information available.
Fellowships offered by the National Science Foundation.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)
The big one from NSF, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is a fellowship available to all first and second year graduate students. Once you have completed your second year of graduate school, you are no longer eligible to apply for the fellowship. The program solicitation linked below contains all the fine print on rules for applying and conditions of the fellowship.
Fellowships offered by the US Department of Energy.
Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program
This fellowship is for providing research opportunities for graduate students at a DOE funded laboratory. The research is intended to be a part of the student's thesis research, and as such you must have finished and passed all of your subject exams before you are eligible to apply. It requires "applicants must have obtained the Ph.D. candidacy at their home institution, and must have established a defined graduate thesis project and graduate thesis advisor."
Fellowships / Funding related to work at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
FNAL Universities Research Association Visiting Scholars Program
Fellowships offered by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science.
JSPS Summer Program
The JSPS Summer program is intended for all graduate students and recent doctoral graduates and consists of a summer stay in Japan at a "host research institution". The application for the program is done through NSF under the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) program, where Japan is one of the options for research.
The program is a two month stay in Japan at your corresponding host institution, starting roughly the second week of June, and ending in the middle of August. The first week is an orientation week which contains various events, such as Japanese language classes. Starting from roughly the second week you move to where your host research institution is located and conduct research through out the summer until the middle of August. At the end of the program, you meet back together with the other JSPS Summer fellows and give reports on your research.
The fellowship itself contains round-trip airfare from the US to the Narita - Tokyo Airport, a $5000 stipend from NSF, and living expenses to be covered by JSPS. From the 2015 year the amount was 534,000 Yen, or just under $4300 for living expenses. Note that if you are receiving other federal funds
(such as the NSF Graduate Fellowship) you need to check if you are still eligible to receive the NSF stipend for EAPSI.
Regardless of your US federal funding status, you wil still receive the JSPS stipend for living expenses.
Most of the logistics for the program are to be carried out by the applicant and the host researcher both before and after the application and possible acceptance. Before applying you should have already contacted your host researcher and have a formal acceptance of your summer research as well as confirming the details of your research in Japan, such as what research you will participate in and where you plan to be working. These details are needed for the NSF application as explained in the How to Apply section on the website. Upon acceptance, applicants are to book their own housing in Japan with help from their host researcher.
Both the JSPS website and the NSF EAPSI website contain a lot of useful information on how the whole process works. In particular the NSP EAPSI Japan guide is a very good overview of the program.
| Current Deadline
|| November 10th, 2016
| Duration of Fellowship
2 Months: June 9th - August 19th (from 2015 program)
2 Months: June 14th - August 24th (from 2016 program)
(2017 Program TBD)
From NSF: $5000*
From JSPS: ~ 534,000 Yen
*Check if eligible to receive
| Main Site
The Fulbright Canada fellowship is intended to support one academic year of research at a Canadian institution for an American student.
National Defense Science & Engi. Grad. Fellowship
"Intended for students at or near the beginning of their doctoral studies in science or engineering. Applicants must have received or be on track to receive their bachelor's degrees by Fall 2017."
Neutrino Physics Center - Fermilab
This fellowship is intended for experimentalists working on Fermilab experiments and theorists to engage with the neutrino community in the Lab. Awardees will work at Fermilab.
| Current Deadline
|| September 16, 2016
| Periods when funds can be used
|| Nov. 1, 2016 - May 1, 2017
| Duration of Stay
|| 2 Weeks to 6 Months within above period
| Awards may include
|| Travel, local expenses, a modest equipment budget, and in exceptional circumstances, salary compensation
| Main Sites
| Online Application
Here are some extra resources for finding and applying for fellowships.